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Project Description:

A 'simpler' and more 'intuitive' KDE3 Theme for people
who are switching to Linux and are currently using Windows XP.

The project is mostly written in C++ using the Qt library, hence, GPL licensed.
The target platform is KDE obviously, running on Linux and similar *nix supported by KDE 3.1 or higher.

One of the problem with some of the current themes or
look and feel are non-intuitive and prohibitive to newbies and way too diffucult to use.
Our plan is to create a highly intuitive interface for them by conducting usability studies
on this issue and resolve those issues.

We hope that this project will help the Linux/KDE community to enjoy
an improved desktop environment at least for our small contribution that we plan to do.

Project Name Origins:

Usability is often refered as a dark art, something intengible, that cannot be grasp easily; therefore,
the appelation of "nigritude" which stands for dark blackness in the magical sense.

One of the common word for "desktop" is the reference to the "blue screen of death",
also known as BSOD by *nix people. Therefore, the appelation of "ultramarine" or "blue".

When someone refers to nigritude ultramarine, it simply means the dark art of being blue as in a blue desktop.
Therefore, we can see the correlation between nigritude and ultramarine as in the junction between Windows Blue theme, Usability and the Dark art of getting there.

Some people refered "nigritude ultramarine" as non sense, see:   About Nigritude Ultramarine
Nigritude Ultramarine:

Nigritude Ultramarine is really non-sense because the definition of nigritude is Blackness; the state of being black. Ultramarine is either a blue or a purplish blue made of either power of lapis lazuli or made synthetically by heating clay, sodium carbonate, and sulfur together. Since by saying nigritude ultramarine we are really saying blackness and blue we would be talking about a navy blue or something similar and there fore the two words put together are not very useful or meaningful.

You can download the latest nigritude ultramarine here or here or here

Our friends here at kde-look released a great piece of software: KDE3 XP Style.

We are an official mirror for: Windows XP like style for KDE

P.S. Please help out or support speleoalex for making such a great XP theme.

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